Wat makes a bullet a cannon? Like a 50 cal. And it's it the size of the bullet when thay start calling it a cannon.
There is a very specific size bore diameter that steps into the category of "destructive device". I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I believe it's around about .52 in a cartridge firing weapon. C3 would know, and I suspect he'll step in here shortly.
Cannon also fire cannister shot, (buckshot on steroids) sabot rounds and solids.Like Trip said, a gun fires a bullet. A cannon, an explosive projectile.
Thanks for the reminder. It has been 40+ years since BCT at Ft. Knox. I believe the initial post made reference to the .50 cal round. While .50 cal rifles have been issued in recent years, it's usually associated with the Browning M2, hardly a shoulder weapon.If you've ever been to boot camp, you know a gun has wheels on it!
Exactly, Terminology and word meaning change. Up until about WW1, "rifles" has barrels over 26 inches.The term cannon was originally applied to a specific size of artillery. It evolved to include all artillery and eventually large powerful firearms in general (a .44 magnum is a "hand cannon"). It has become a very loosly applied term with no specific definition (in common useage).
A "gun" in military terminology included cannon, howitzers, shotguns and machineguns. A rifle was a rifle, weapon, or piece. The 1911A1 was a sidearm or pistol (sidearms can include sabres)
And Cannon has been adequately defined. The M203 is not a cannon, despite its bore diameter, since it is a Grenade Launcher.
Yup, dont call an M16 a Gun, Drill Sgt would correct that quickly!Cannon also fire cannister shot, (buckshot on steroids) sabot rounds and solids.
Also, in military terminology, a "GUN" is a cannon. The weapon you shoot from you shoulder is a "rifle."
If you've ever been to boot camp, you know a gun has wheels on it!